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Chiefs promote wide receiver Gehrig Dieter to active roster

Dieter is a second-year player out of Alabama.

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It’s Dieter time.

The Kansas City Chiefs announced that they have promoted wide receiver Gehrig Dieter to the active roster on Sunday afternoon, via their official Twitter account.

The move corresponds with the Chiefs’ decision to waive defensive back Josh Shaw on Saturday.

Dieter, 25, originally joined the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent out of Alabama in 2017 and was a member of the team’s practice squad. After not making the Chiefs’ 53-man roster earlier this season, Dieter was added back onto the practice squad for 2018. He spent time this offseason working out with Tyreek Hill.

The move is not a good sign for the status of Sammy Watkins, who is listed as questionable for Monday night against the Los Angeles Rams due to a foot injury. Watkins missed last game and was held out of practice on Friday on Saturday.

“He tested it out (on Thursday),” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said of Watkins Saturday. “He was testing it out and we just kind of felt like we needed to back off and just let it rest here a little bit. We will see. Every day has gotten a little bit better, so that’s a plus.”

Dieter will now be available as the Chiefs’ fifth wide receiver if Watkins is held out.

Defensive back Josh Hawkins is a third-year player out of East Carolina who spent 2016-17 with the Green Bay Packers before spending this season on the practice squad with the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers waived Hawkins on Wednesday.

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